|It’s that time of year again: super cold wind in the air, all the buildings blasting the heat, and we’re in the thick of cold and flu season which requires lots of hand washing and hand-sanitizing. It’s the perfect storm to transform your skin from soft and supple to dry, cracked and painful.
There are TONS of options for lotions, moisturizers, body butters and balms out there but do you know exactly what you’re putting onto your skin? There are also lots of “all natural” options available but one of the easiest ways to ensure that you’re only applying super clean products onto your skin is by making it yourself. It’s incredibly easy and you won’t regret it!
Below are the directions to make your own winterized hand balm:
Any combination of these three: coconut oil, shea butter and/or cocoa butter. All can be found at your local grocery and/or health food store.
1. Boil water.
2. Pour the boiled water into a bowl, filling the bowl approximately to ⅓ full.
3. Take 2-3 scoops of each of the ingredients and put it into a small glass jar, making sure that the boiled water doesn’t spill out of the bowl and that it doesn’t fill into the small glass jar.
4. Put the small glass jar into the bowl and use a spoon or knife to mix the ingredients as they begin to soften.
5. Once softened (NOT melted), take the small glass jar out and let it sit at room temperature.
6. Use as needed!
Bee’s wax is a good addition if you wanted a thicker consistency. Just make sure to add this FIRST (before the coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter) because it takes a bit more time to soften.
And lastly, a little tip on scents:
1. coconut oil + shea butter smells like coconut;
2. cocoa butter + shea butter smells like chocolate;
3. and all three ingredients smell like chocolate coconut.
In addition, you can pick up some nice smelling essential oils and add a couple of drops into the softened mixture — my favourites are vanilla and pink grapefruit. It smells so great that you’ll want to eat it!
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– Dr. Moira Kwok